Show Preview - July 2013

Southern Belles
By Wanda Jankowski

A preview of new beauties awaiting visitors to the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, July 10 to 17, 2013 at AmericasMart

Touch Of Outdoors Inside The Harvest Moon Collection, with textiles by artist Carol Rowan, consists of more than 15 new items, from sunflower-adorned pillows and runners to planters, tables and birdhouses in red, and jewel-toned glassware. Manual Woodworkers & Weavers Inc., 800-814-6597,
Global Design The Mina Victory Home Accents by Nourison are designed with a global perspective and many coordinate with the company’s handmade rugs. Nourison, 800-223-1110,
Calling All Girly Girls The Flirty Collection includes bath accessories shaped like shoes, purses and perfume bottles in shades of ivory, black and burgundy. The wastebasket and boutique tissue holder are made with wood. The soap dish, tumbler, toothbrush holder and lotion dispenser are resin. The collection also includes a coordinating shower curtain and bath rug. Avanti Linens, 201-641-7766,
Tasty Tangerine The Isaac quilt, offered in orange (shown) and turquoise, is a washable linen/cotton blend. It’s shown with the Savina duvet cover, made with cotton and viscose. Amity Home, 877-459-2619,
Lovely Linen The Diolinda Collection duvet and shams, made in Portugal from textured linen, are shown layered over the company’s best-selling Louisa linen coverlet. The chevron woven linen Euro shams and duvet, the solid linen duster and the oblong Santarita pillow are all sewn in New York state. Traditions Linens, 518-851-3975,
Intricate Patterns The company’s new pillow designs in on-trend colors feature a range of weaving techniques and materials, including pieced leather, ombre and embroidery. Design Accents, 201-660-2446,
Holiday Cheer From the Holiday Collection, Christmas Gathering by Lucinda Wei is made with hand-hooked, machine washable acrylic. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, it measures 22 by 34 inches. Homefires, 770-452-1155,
New At Atlanta Market

The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market takes place at AmericasMart from Wednesday, July 10 to Sunday, July 17, 2013 with temporaries from July 12 to 16. The Atlanta International Area Rug Market® takes place at AmericasMart from Thursday, July 11 to Sunday, July 14, 2013 (the rug product preview begins on p. 14).

Special events during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market include:

  • HD Home Preview Party, July 11, 2-6 p.m., Building 1, Floor 1, Center Hall. Enjoy refreshments while catching your first look at this juried grouping of design-driven home furnishings.
  • “Sustainability Essentials With The Sustainable Furnishings Council,” July 14, 11 a.m.-noon, Building 1, Floor 14, Seminar Room. The course provides a grounding in the environmental issues related to home furnishings.

Here are highlights of seminars offered at The Education Center, Building 1, Floor 10, Room 1002:

  • “Ten Essential Elements For Long-Term Sustained Growth,” presented by Mike Gomez, president of Allegro Consulting, July 11, 9:30-10:30 a.m. He shares the ten traits of businesses that consistently grow.
  • “Understanding Customer Decisions,” presented by Mike Gomez, president of Allegro Consulting, July 11, 11 a.m.-noon. Improve your store’s sales performance by learning how customers’ decisions are made.
  • “Ten Things Every Website Must Have To Drive Sales,” presented by David Monroe of SCORE Atlanta, July 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Learn the top elements your website must have to turn visitors into customers.
  • “Retailing In Today’s Economic Environment,” presented by Albert Maslia, July 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Retailing is moving away from large shopping malls and returning to the individual store concept. Learn how to add to the profitability of your operation.
  • “Ten Ways To Maximize From Blog Traffic,” presented by Christi Tasker, ceo, PuTTin’ OuT, a social media marketing firm, July 14, 2 -3 p.m. Discover tips for attracting more potential shoppers to your website or blog while getting higher search rankings on Google without paying a dime.

For a full listing of events and seminars, and more details on AmericasMart and the Atlanta Market, visit

Classic Elegance Somerset, made with an easy care linen blend, features an intricate traditional floral print based in robins’ egg blue. It coordinates with Dorset, a woven cotton with texture and raised definition. Fino Lino, 800-829-3466,
Faux Cowhide Softline Home Fashions introduces pouf ottomans as a new category. Shown is the 16- by 16-inch Santana in black faux cowhide. Suitable for use as accent pieces, side tables or coffee tables, the pouf line includes 16- by 16-inch cubes and cylinders with high-grade hard foam inserts, and 24- by 12-inch round lounges constructed with beads. Softline Home Fashions, 800-701-4220,
Intricate Cutwork Genuine Hide Pillows, hand and machine cut, are available in a variety of colors. Could9 Design celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Cloud9 Design Inc., 212-356-0086,
Paisley Pizzazz The Veda Collection features floral arabesques evolved from paisleys based in tangerine, ruby and teal. There is a mosaic pattern on the reverse side in maize and turquoise. The prewashed cotton-filled full/queen quilt measures 90 by 92 inches and is complemented by embroidered and knotted pillows. C & F Enterprises, Inc. 888-889-9868,
National Park Colors Three of America’s favorite National Parks now have their own signature patterns in plush towel sets. Available in soft bath towels, hand towels and washcloths, Grand Canyon (shown), Glacier Park and Badlands towels feature texture and velour stripes to add depth and dimension. The towel designs coordinate with the National Park Blankets made with 100 percent wool. Pendleton Woolen Mills, 503-226-4801,


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